Overcome Email Overload with Eudora 5
Errata and Additional Tips
Despite my best efforts, I didn't catch all of the problems with
before it went to the printers. If you find an error that is not listed,
let me know
so that I can fix it in the (eventual) second printing.
The only error that I think is important is that Light Mode won't let you
change a message's label with a filter. That's pretty key to the
prioritization strategy in Chapter 2.
- On page 196, I say that you should put a checkmark in the Excerpts
box. This is exactly backwards: it should say to UNcheck the box.
- Tom Lehmann spells his name with two "n"s (p.16). (Sorry, Tom!)
- Mood Watch works in Light mode, not just Paid and Sponsored mode. (p.169)
- On page 39, twice I mention Figures 3 and 4 when I should say
Figures 2 and 3.
Errors of Omission
- I didn't mention that these features don't work in Light mode:
- Stationery (p.141)
- Personalities (p.57)
- Filtering options Make Label (important! p.39),
Play Sound (p.51), Open Message/Mailbox (p.49)
- FCC (p.55)
- Regular expressions (Windows only) (p.83)
- If you use "intersects nickname" conditions in an outgoing filter
(as on p.41), and
are using the Windows version of Eudora, then
you should put a check in the Automatically expand nicknames box
Otherwise, the "intersects nickname" condition on outgoing messages might
not always find the messages it should.
- I wasn't clear about the behavior of the Space key (p.91-93).
When using Windows with the Preview Pane, the first time you hit Space,
Eudora will open the current message in its own window. The subsequent
Spaces will move you through the message until you get to the end of
the message, when Space will open the next message in its own window.
Eudora for Mac OS will not open the message in its own window.
The following index items should be added or changed:
- sound p.51
- FCC should be p. 55
- personalities p.57
- a list of all the features not in Light Mode
- regular expression, see regexp
- regexp should have entry for p.83
- regexp "where to find further information" should be p.84
- Page 224, fourth word should be "in" and not "inn".
- Page 251, "labels" and "settings" in the caption for Figure 41 should be
- Page 224, "company chart" should be "organization chart".
Here are useful tips that didn't make it into the first printing of the book,
they don't help get through email faster, because I didn't learn about them
until later, or because I didn't think they were appropriate for the book.
If you find any errors in
the book, please
send email to eudoraErrors@webfoot.com.
- One of my most respected reviewers suggests that Light users can use priority
levels in much the same way that the book discusses categories. "In my world,
priorities are (1) rarely used and (2) even more rarely helpful. Thus,
hijacking them has few downsides."
- The same reviewer also strongly encouraged me to mention a filter
that he uses for
finding spam: if his address is not in either the To or Cc line, consider it
I didn't put that in the book because it is somewhat dangerous, and you
shouldn't use it unless you have enough filters earlier that stop processing
on messages from people you care about. There are legitimate uses
of Bcc, as I talk about in
the book (see p.123).
If you treat all Bcc messages as junk, you might miss some important mail.
- You can type any header into the Header: box (shown by the arrow
in Figure 9, p. 45). You are not limited to using what is in the drop-down menu.
For example, a reader reports that a lot of his spam now has the date of 2016.
You can find messages that are dated far in the future by typing
Date: into the Header: box, selecting does not contain,
and typing in 2001. If you don't want to change this filter
every year, you could look for 200 instead of 2001.
- With Eudora for Mac OS, you can easily change the label of a message that
is open in its own window. Click and hold on the thin colored line at the top
of the message (shown by the arrow marked "Red" in Figure 43, p. 253).
You'll get a drop-down menu, from which you can choose a new label.
(If the message has no label, there won't be a thin colored line, but you
can still change the label by clicking where the line would be.)
- Control-d will delete all the selected messages.
- Eudora keeps the In, Out, and Trash mailboxes
in memory (RAM). If
Eudora is acting slower than you think it should, try moving messages out of
In, Out, and Trash. You might want to call the
new mailboxes something like In-old, Out-old.
- When you delete messages, even if you transfer them to Trash
and empty the trash, the messages are not truly deleted from the mailbox
file. They are only deleted from the list of messages, or Table Of Contents
Thus, if you really need to get a message back:
Note that you should not rebuild the original mailbox' table of contents, only
a copy's. The rebuilding process will mess up some of the message status
- Quit from Eudora.
- Find that mailbox' file.
It will be in your Eudora folder and have the same name as the mailbox.
- Copy the file. Give it a slightly different name.
- Restart Eudora.
- Eudora will rebuild the table of contents for the new mailbox, and your old
message should be in there.
Another implication of messages not really being gone is that the still-present
messages take up still-present space. If you look at the bottom of a list of
messages (above the preview pane, if present), you'll see three numbers, such
The first number is the number of messages. The second number is the amount
of space those messages take. The third number is the amount of space that
messages marked for deletion still take up.
If you click on the third number, Eudora will compact the messages in
that mailbox. It should then become zero, such as:
- If you get an account at a major provider (e.g. Yahoo, Hotmail, Juno), you
should take some care to make your user ID hard to guess. Spammers have
started guessing email addresses based on dictionary lookups. So instead of
choosing a name like email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org, choose something like
- For your public account, you might like to use a forwarding service
that strips spam out for you. See
Google's Open Directory has a list under
- There is a neat feature called Group by Subject which is
different from sorting by subject. Group by Subject groups together
any messages that are near each other in the mailbox (as currently sorted)
and that have the same subject line. Messages that do not share a subject
line are not affected; messages that are far apart with the same subject line
are not affected.
To use Group by Subject, select Special->Sort->Group by
Subject (Mac OS) or right-click on any colun header, then select
Group by Subject (Windows).
- If you are using Eudora for Mac OS and someone puts a URL in a message
but forgets the "http://", you can Command-double-click to get
to the Web site. Alas, anything after the first "/" will get ignored, however,
so clicking on "www.oeo.webfoot.com/eudora/html" will take you
If you know any Eudora tricks that aren't in
please send email to
Last Modified 10 January 2002.